Navjot Sidhu Calls BJP ‘Kale Angrez’, Sambit Patra Hits Back

BJP said Sidhu’s utterances were insult to the nation, which reflected the “racist” & “sexist” mindset of Congress.

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Congress leader and Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu addressing an election rally in Indore.

Congress leader and Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu stirred a controversy on Saturday, 11 May, by calling the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) "Kale Angrez" (black Englishmen) and likening Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a bride who pretends to do work.

Hitting back at the Opposition party, the BJP said that Sidhu's utterances were an insult to the nation, which reflected the "racist" and "sexist" mindset of the Congress.

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‘Modi Like That Bride Who Makes Less Rotis, More Noise’

Addressing an election rally in Indore, Sidhu said the Congress was the party of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Mahatma Gandhi which fought for the Independence of India from British rule, and urged the people to save the country by voting the BJP out of power.

"They (Azad and Gandhi) gave us freedom from the British and the people of Indore will free this country from the 'Kale Angrez'," Sidhu said.

Sharpening his attack on Modi, the Congress leader said: "Modiji is like that bride who makes less 'rotis' and more noise so that the neighbourhood thinks that she is working. This is exactly what has happened in the Modi government."

‘Modi May Not Be Fair, but He Has a Big Heart’

Sidhu's comments were countered by BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, who reminded the Congress of its senior leader Sonia Gandhi's “Italy connection”.

"Sidhu has exposed the mindset of the Congress by calling Hindustanis 'Kale Angrez'. Modi may not be fair, but he has a big heart and takes care of the poor. People love him," Patra said, quoting a famous Bollywood song, "Hum kale hain toh kya hua dilwale hain."

The BJP leader further said that the Congress should not be arrogant of its "Italian colour".

"This Italian colour too will fade away on 23 May," he said, adding that this was “new India where women didn't just exist to make bread at home, but to carry the country forward”.

‘Congress is Racist & Sexist’

Terming Sidhu's remarks as height of sycophancy, Patra said the Punjab Minister seemed to be okay with the colour of Warren Anderson, Ottavio Quattrocchi and Christen Michel, but Modi looked like a "Kala Angrez" to him.

"Sidhu has shown the mentality of the Congress, which is racist as well as sexist. This is the reality of the Congress, which has no respect for either Sikhs, Indians or women," Patra said.

Meanwhile, Rekha Sharma, Chairperson at the National Commission for Women, condemned Sidhu’s comments, saying his remarks show his “poor mentality towards women”.

“...One side Indian women are breaking every glass ceiling and Mr Sidhu can only see her through his misogynist glasses,” Sharma wrote in a tweet on Saturday.

(With inputs from IANS)

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